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Rangers and Ian Kinsler working toward agreement on extension

Apr 5, 2012, 9:06 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio reports that the Rangers and Kinsler are working toward a five-year contract extension.

The Rangers would pick up Kinsler’s $10 million option for next season as part of the agreement while the five-year extension would be worth approximately $14 million per season. This would guarantee Kinsler approximately $80 million over the next six seasons.

T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com confirms that the two sides are still “grinding” on contract extension talks and that a six-year deal is in play.

5:00 PM: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported earlier this week that Ian Kinsler and the Rangers were discussing a six-year contract extension, but today the second baseman told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas that there was nothing new to report.

Kinsler also called the negotiations a “confusing process” and described his level of optimism about getting something done as “neutral.”

Kinsler has said that he’d prefer not to negotiate during the season, but unlike some players he isn’t setting a strict Opening Day deadline for the talks if they’re relatively close to getting something done.

He’s also under contract for $7 million this season and the Rangers hold a $10 million option for 2013, so it’s something the two sides could revisit in the offseason.

  1. mdpickles - Apr 5, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    What’s confusing, Ian? The contract states that the team does not want you wearing flat brim hats anymore. Seems pretty simple.

    • aceshigh11 - Apr 5, 2012 at 5:25 PM

      At least I’m not the only one who hates that flat-brim look.

      Everyone who wears that style hat looks like a buffoon.

  2. randygnyc - Apr 5, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    If kinsler is worth 14M a year, what does that make Cano worth? 20? 25?

    • paperlions - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:21 PM

      About 15M.

  3. randygnyc - Apr 5, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Ian kinsler career numbers
    2x all star
    2x AL player of the week (7 days)
    PA. H. BB. SO R. RBI.
    3446-826-351. 419- 558-395
    HR. SB AVG
    124- 136 .275

    Saber
    Bb 10%
    So 12%
    Obp .355
    Slg .466
    wOPS+ 116

  4. randygnyc - Apr 5, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Robbie Cano career
    3x all star
    3x silver slugger
    1 gold glove
    1 world series championship
    2x AL PLYR OF THE MONTH
    PA. H. BB. SO R. RBI
    4413 1263. 224. 508 613. 621
    HR. SB. AVG
    144. 28. .308

    Saber
    BB 5%
    SO. 12%
    AVG .308
    OBP. .347
    SLG. .496
    wOPS+. 120

    Robbie is a perennial MVP contender and his defense is overwhelmingly better. Both are the same age

    • Nips Johnson - Apr 6, 2012 at 9:24 AM

      “and his defense is overwhelmingly better”
      You are seriously delusional if you believe this… That may have been true when they first came up, but just look at the last few seasons and you’ll see that Kinsler is the superior defender. Since 2008 Kinsler has put up 20.8 fWAR and Cano 16.6, that 4 point advantage is attributed to Ian’s defense and base running ability. Kinsler is also way more selective at the plate, he walked more than he K’ed last year while Cano struck out two and a half times for every walk he took.

      I do agree however that Cano will get a bigger contract, but that will have more to do with the team that will be signing him and the fact that his signing will likely come a year after Kinsler’s. Cano will probably get between 15m and 17m AAV.

      • paperlions - Apr 6, 2012 at 9:40 AM

        This.

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